Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

Sermons

Sermon: November 9, 2014 – On Lutheran Aerobics and Worship

From the outside, it’s a combination of ritual and tradition. Stand up, sit down, kneel, pray, chant, respond, sing. All of these exercises – our worship – is intended to do one thing and one thing only. Through this message, we discover the real purpose of our deeply Lutheran worship…

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Sermon: November 2, 2014 – So You’re a Saint. Now What?

I’d be willing to bet that when you wake up in the morning, your first thought is not, “Wow, it’s a good day to be a Saint!” We are Saints – called to grace in Jesus Christ – but what are we called to? How do we exercise our Sainthood in the world? In this message, we’ll look at how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and explore our true calling as Christ’s Saints.

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Sermon: October 26, 2014 – A Living Freedom

When Martin Luther nailed his list of grievances to the door of his local parish, he fired a shot, not only at the Catholic Church, but also at his own – and our own – delusions of self-sufficiency. This message looks at the true and lasting Freedom Jesus gives us through the lens of the Gospel of John, and discover that we, like the Church, are in the same constant Reformation.

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Sermon: October 19, 2014 – Loyalties

We can be loyal to all sorts of things: family, friends, our favorite sports teams, our alma mater. But where does our loyalty lie when it comes to our spiritual life? In Matthew chapter 22, the Pharisees, the religious leaders of Jesus’ time, try their very best to trap Him in a “conflict of interest.” How Jesus expresses His loyalties may surprise you.

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Sermon: October 12, 2014 – The Key to a Joyful Life

Fill in the blank, “I’ll have joy in my life when ___________.” It’s so easy for us sometimes to think of Joy as something just around the corner; a settled peace that’s just beyond that obstacle, just one solved problem away from being our reality. When Paul talks about Joy, he talks, not about a set of settled problems that arises from the outside, but about the settled Spirit of God that swells up from the inside. In this message, we’ll unpack what the Bible says about Joy, about Rejoicing, and about the settled peace that comes from actively trusting in Jesus. (Philippians 4:4)

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Sermon: October 5, 2014 – What Happens When We Really Know Jesus

Christianity was never meant to be a religion. Religion is about us. It’s about rules and how well we’re able to follow them. Paul figured that out the hard way, just as many Christians figure that out the hard way. In this message, we’ll look at Paul’s simple, yet forceful, take on what it is we’ve been called to as Christians: A life-long, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ; and what happens in our lives when we really know Him.

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Sermon: September 28, 2014 – Turn

In Matthew 21:28-32 – The Parable of the Two Sons – Jesus commends the disobedient son, the one who shows regret and repentance, for doing the will of his father. In this message, we takes a fresh look at what “repentance” means for us.

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Sermon: September 21, 2014 – The Key to Contentment

Every commercial you see on television, every ad you see on a billboard or in a magazine, every “for sale” sign in the world is intended to sell you the same thing. Discontentment. The more discontent we are, the more we buy; which is helpful to a struggling economy, but deadly to the spirit. In this message, we’ll talk about how to break the cycle of discontentment by shifting our focus away from what God gives other people, and focusing on the gifts He’s chosen to give us.

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Sermon: September 14, 2014 – The God Who So Loves Us

It’s a simple question. Who is God? Behind all the platitudes and theology, sooner or later we have to come to grips with the fact that we are loved deeply by a God we hardly understand. In this message – The God Who So Loves Us – We’ll dig past the many worldly influences that shape our understanding of God, and look to the simplicity of Jesus, who – in likely the most well-known passage of Scripture – tells us everything we need to know about the God loves us.

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Sermon: September 7, 2014 – What Are We Doing Here?

On a Sunday when we plan to pick our church up and move it to the Riverside, we have to consider this question: “What makes a Church a Church?” In other words, “What in the world are we actually doing here?” We missed out on a ton of stuff we’re used to having around: our fancy altar, our stained glass windows, our robes. So what makes us a Church? This message – entitled, “What Are We Doing Here?” – cuts past all the trappings and allows us to hone in on the true mission of Christ’s Church.

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Sermon: August 31, 2014 – On the Persecution of So Many Christians

The news is devastating. Christians in Iraq, Syria, and much of Northern Africa are being persecuted at an astounding rate. It begs the question, “What does Jesus have to say about enduring so much persecution?” Maybe it’s time for us to see past the pundits and the politicians and take a no-hold-barred look at Jesus’ command that we pick up crosses of our own and follow after Jesus. His perspective may just be the hope we need in times of so much trouble.

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Sermon for Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Apostle Paul tells us that, “we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” A noble sentiment, but what does this really mean? It looks good on paper, but do we actually practice what we preach? How do we relate, one on one, to our brothers and sisters in Christ who also belong to Jesus? What does it mean – as Paul says in Romans 12:1-8 – that we are “one in Christ”?

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